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Today's News

  • Town hall renovations continue

    Renovations to the Shallotte Town Hall building on Cheers Street are continuing. In the fall, the town signed a contract with Landmark Builders to build $358,419 in additions to the town hall’s administration building including improvements to the exterior and installing an elevator inside.

  • SBWSA money to go for sewer aid in Calabash, Sunset Beach

    Surplus funds from the defunct South Brunswick Water and Sewer Authority will be used to provide sewer connection assistance in Calabash and Sunset Beach.

    Brunswick County Utilities Director Jerry Pierce said this week roughly $67,000 has been earmarked for Sunset Beach, and Calabash will receive “exactly that same amount.”

    Funding will be for eligible property owners, those in low-to-moderate income brackets, as well as those who are handicapped, Pierce said.

  • Nostalgia is hard to resist: Remembering sticky holiday situations

    My folks didn’t raise me to be sentimental. They were pre-teens and teenagers when the Great Depression descended upon the country, so they knew about hard times and how to survive. Their expectation was we would tough things out and move on. When I haven’t allowed myself to fall prey to self-pity and remembered those lessons, it has served me well.

  • Heavy winds across this area can damage homes and landscaping

    Heavy winds whipped across southeastern North Carolina recently, waking homeowners and leaving downed trees and limbs behind.

    Strong weather is common in southeastern North Carolina, and so is cleaning up after it. But there’s a way to do it safely and wisely.

    Prioritize your chores by starting to work on trees that endanger buildings and fences first.

    Don’t attempt to handle trees that overhang or touch power lines. Call local utility company professionals for assistance in removing these trees.

  • Christmas merriness is often a mixed blessing

    For many years, I have announced I am not a Christmas person. I say to all who care to hear this is not my holiday. My words have caused some to look askance at me. It is likely I am raining on their “happiness parade,” bringing a negative note to their Noels.

  • Family of 100-year-old woman celebrates her life

    Lydia F. Hewett’s children and grandchildren fondly recall spending Christmas at her house in the Boone’s Neck community, stringing popcorn and eating home-cooked meals to celebrate the holiday season and Hewett’s birthday each Dec. 15.

    Her most recent celebration was the ultimate milestone birthday. Hewett turned 100 years old last week, and several of her children and other family members visited her at Autumn Care of Shallotte to honor her years of love, caring and wisdom.

  • Christmas wishes for Congress: Read the Constitution (and the bills you pass)

    Ah, Christmastime. What a wonderful time of year. In our nation’s capital, a record snowfall has blanketed the city, creating a beautiful backdrop for a legislative disaster of epic proportions that is unfolding within the hallowed walls of the U.S. Capitol.

    In the spirit of the holidays, I thought I’d write a light-hearted tribute to the season, but then, around 1 a.m. Monday, the Senate secured its 60 votes needed to move forward with healthcare reform, derailing any hopes for jovial Christmas prose or sugarplum fairies to dance in my head.

  • 'Christmas Story' also delightful sports movie

    The best sports movie?

    I am sure several will come to mind, about baseball stars and football stars, about golfers and boxers, about bull riders or auto racers or Olympians.

    My favorite: “A Christmas Story.”

    The movie is often summarized as being about a boy, named Ralphie, trying to persuade his parents to get him an air rifle (i.e., a BB gun) for Christmas. But I think the popular movie also is about a young hunter in a suburban setting, and it is full of sports anecdotes.

  • Lady Trojans coast to win over rival Lady Cougars

    West Brunswick coach James Walker was aware of South Brunswick’s young team and knew it was important for the Trojans to jump out on the visiting Cougars early in the Dec. 15 contest.

    West did just that, opening up an 18-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and easily holding on for a 57-21 victory in the first game of the Waccamaw Conference season.

    West used a balanced scoring attack in the opening period with points coming from seven players.

  • West Brunswick leads Waccamaw Wachovia Cup standings

    With championships in volleyball, men’s soccer, and men’s cross country, West Brunswick leads the Waccamaw Conference standings after the fall season for the Wachovia Confererence Cup.

    The Wachovia Conference Cup award, sponsored by Wachovia and the NCHSAA, recognizes the high schools achieving the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within their conference.

    Wachovia has sponsored the conference awards program since 1980.